Halloween Prepares American Children for a Life of Extortion

Today is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico, a long standing tradition.  Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two actually have little in common. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying is common.

It’s quite a nice holiday, really.  Spending one day per year to honor and remember those we have lost.

Contrast this to Halloween, an annual holiday observed on October 31, primarily in Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the United States. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day, but is today largely a secular celebration.

As with most things, Halloween has its beginnings in something also quite nice.  The Celtic festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

And now, we have Halloween, perhaps a perfect microcosm and training ground to prepare the children of Canada, US, Scotland and Ireland to learn early how to extort people and loot at a young age – going house-to-house, demanding candy.  And if they don’t get candy, that house is getting egged or TP’ed (toilet papered)!

Not all that much different than what the people are rioting about currently in France or what the socialist government of Canada and the newly socialist government of the USSA engender.  These people want something unearned from others in society and if they don’t get it there will be a price to pay.

They don’t even bother to come to your house and “trick-or-treat” either.  They just trick or tax and if you don’t pay they will put you in a cage called jail.  How do you like them Halloween apples?


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Happy Halloween & Dia de los Muertos!

Jeff Berwick

Chief Editor


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